'The Hangover 2' director Todd Phillips confirms Mel Gibson wasn't ''fired'' from his cameo role in the film but plans were simply ''changed''.
The film's director Todd Phillips has confirmed Gibson was not pushed out of the comedy sequel - in which he was expected to play a Bangkok Tattoo artist - to be replaced by Liam Neeson, but confirms the troubled star was only ever "doing a favour" for him.
He said: "No one was ever fired. It's a term that's so obscene to me.
"Someone was doing me a favour to come in for a two-minute cameo, and we changed it. It wasn't like we fired somebody. Gibson was just doing a favour from the beginning."
One of the film's stars, Zach Galifianakis, has previously hinted he was not happy with the idea of Gibson - who is currently undergoing a custody battle with ex-partner OKSANA GRIGORIEVA - taking a role in the film, which is currently shooting.
Although he did not mention any specifics, he said: "I'm in a deep protest right now with a movie I'm working on, up in arms about something."